Welcome back to Cromford Mills! Open daily from 10am to 5pm. Audio tours are available, Guided Tours and the Arkwright Experience will be opening soon - go to the 'Visit' page for more information. The Lumsdale Valley site remains closed to public access.

Visiting the Valley

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Help us to care for the Valley during your visit

The Valley is a listed conservation area cared for by the Arkwright Society and a team of dedicated volunteers.

There is no designated parking in the Valley and vehicular access in the Valley is for residents only. Visitors are encouraged to park in Matlock town centre and walk to the Valley. There are also buses that run regularly along the Chesterfield Road (A 632) past the top of the Valley.   

Please take care when walking down through the Valley. The route is steep, muddy and uneven, with steps and some sharp drops to the sides.  Please keep to the paths.

There are no toilet/refreshment facilities or children’s play areas anywhere in the Valley.  

Picnicking, paddling, swimming and climbing in the Valley are not allowed due to the risk of damage to the fragile mill ruins and the natural environment.

Please help us to take care of this very special place by respecting the wildlife, keeping to the paths, not climbing on the ruins - and taking your litter home with you.